| The couple on the left are believed to be Ida and Joseph Skelton,|
Red and Chris Skelton's parents.
Joseph Elmer Skelton married Ida Fields in the Old Cathedral in Vincennes in 1905.
He was killed in a fall in 1913 while working as a lineman for the Central Union Telephone Co. For some reason he was known by the name Joe Ehart as confirmed in this notice found in the Vincennes newspaper.
The couple had five sons, all of whom used the name Skelton; one being Red (Richard) of TV and movie fame and another Christopher, with Lawrence County ties. He married Marion Helen Baker sometime before 1934, the daughter of Herman Baker and Mary Boyd of Birds in Bond Twp.
The “Red Skelton Memorial Bridge” located on Highway 50 stretches across the Wabash River from Indiana to Illinois is named for Red. Chris managed a dry cleaners shop on 12th street just north of the History Center.